TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Roughnecks FC became the third USL club to make a coaching change this season on Monday with the announcement that Tulsa native Michael Nsien had been appointed as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2018 season following the dismissal of David Vaudreuil following the club’s winless start to the season.
“We believe the best move for the team and the club was to make this change immediately,” said Roughnecks executive Brian Carroll. “The decision came after careful consideration. We appreciate everything that David has done for the organization, but we felt the team needed a new message and direction.
“We are excited to give Michael a bigger role with the club. He is an extremely hard worker who has played a major role in the game of soccer in the Tulsa area. We believe the current players will enjoy playing for Michael and will work together to make his term a success.”
Nsien holds both USSF and UEFA “A” Coaching Licenses. He is the Director of Coaching for the Tulsa Soccer Club. As a player, he competed professional in the USL A-League for the Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
The Roughnecks job is particularly appealing to Nsien because he grew up in the shadows of ONEOK Field, in the Greenwood District.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to start my professional coaching career in my hometown,” said Nsien. “I know this organization and the fans deserve more than what has been shown so far this season. I’m looking forward to bringing pride, integrity, and a competitive spirit back to the Tulsa Roughnecks. I’m asking the fans to rally around these players, and I believe we will see the positive reaction needed to take on the second half of the season.”
Nsien will make his debut on the sidelines this Wednesday night when the Roughnecks play host to the LA Galaxy II at ONEOK Field.